Writing Samples

Re: Prosecution of James May

Self-revised legal memo. Used with permission of the instructor.

This assignment, originally completed as the final for Legal Research and Writing, assigned the role of an intern at the Spokane Public Defender’s office. Fictional seventeen-year-old James May was arrested for Residential Burglary and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The house he supposedly burglarized, however, was his parents (and, legally, his own as well). Additionally, the “motor vehicles” he took were two e-bikes. This memo analyzes whether a child can burglarize their own house and whether e-bikes are considered motor vehicles for the purpose of Washington criminal law.

This memo is not legal advice; it is a law school writing assignment. It is presented here only as a representative sample of writing ability.

All the Princesses’ Men

Master’s thesis.

The British Columbia Coast Steamship Service (BCCS) was a division of Canadian Pacific Railway that provided ferry and freight services throughout the Salish Sea and Inside Passage to Alaska. The existing histories of the service, while excellent in their attention to the corporate and aesthetic stories of the company, largely neglected the people who made the ships run. My thesis shifts historical attention back to people, since it is people who are the basis of History.

Available through the EWU Digital Commons: https://dc.ewu.edu/theses/746/

“An Honest Government with Nothing to Hide”

Bachelor’s capstone paper.

Alberta’s election in 1955 was supposed to resolve any questions as to the integrity and capability of the Social Credit League, the governing party lead by Premier Ernest Manning. Instead, it was very nearly the end of twenty years of dominance in the Legislative Assembly. Recent scandals caused a crisis of public faith, and Social Credit only just managed to hold onto power by leveraging the province’s acclimatization to one-party dominance, profound religiosity, and loyalty to Manning himself.

San Juan Islands History

Short-form articles.

Short stories from in and around the San Juans add to the mosaic of knowledge about the islands’ past. Geographically bookending the focus of the San Juan Boundary Dispute (colloquially, the “Pig War”), posts about both Esquimalt Harbour and Fort Bellingham show the imperial interests of both the United States and United Kingdom in the Pacific Northwest in the 19th Century. On San Juan itself, an article on the English Camp smithy discusses the material needs of an armed contingent at the end of the Western world.

Esquimalt Harbour

Fort Bellingham

English Camp Blacksmith